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Market Bulletin (23/05/2017)

Shifting allegiances   “These are my principles,” Groucho Marx once said, “and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.” Last week, after four decades operating in Thatcher’s shadow, the Conservative Party published an election manifesto that very much appeared to preach other principles – or

Market Bulletin (16/05/2017)

Anxiety lull   “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well,” wrote Julian of Norwich, the first woman to pen a book in the English language, around 1395. Markets last week appeared to agree, albeit for less spiritual

Market Bulletin (08/05/2017)

Marco, Macron   There can be few times in living memory when major national votes in the US, UK and France have all taken place in the space of twelve months – and yet only the French result was the outcome preferred by markets. So it was

Market Bulletin (02/05/2017)

Taxing times   “The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax,” said Albert Einstein. Since then, it has only got harder, not least in the US. Gary Cohn, the chief economic advisor to the president, reminded press last week that the current US

Market Bulletin (25/04/2017)

Two-way street   It has become a commonplace of the past ten months that, when politics pushes sterling rapidly in one direction, so the FTSE 100 travels a similar distance, but the opposite way. Last week was no different but, even by recent standards, both moves were

Market Bulletin (18/04/2017)

Easter surprise   Last week’s events were quickly overshadowed by Theresa May’s announcement on Tuesday that she planned to call a general election, to be held on 8 June, subject to parliamentary approval. This completes the picture of a European summer dominated by national elections in

Market Bulletin (11/04/2017)

Crossing the line   Actions speak louder than words. President Trump’s sabre-rattling rhetoric over North Korea dominated the build-up to last week’s summit meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. But it was his decision to launch a surprise missile attack on a Syrian airbase that

Market Bulletin (04/04/2017)

Red letter day   Letters have a chequered history. Henry VIII’s letter to the Pope asking for a divorce precipitated the break with Rome, while Neville Chamberlain’s 1939 letter to Hitler became just one more badge of his ineffectiveness in Europe. The contents of Theresa May’s six-page

Market Bulletin (28/03/2017)

Pound in your pocket The sad events in Westminster held the headlines last week, as Londoners absorbed the impact of what had taken place. Markets offered a brief response, but are ultimately ill-equipped to do so. Some events are simply too far above their remit.   Nevertheless, the

Market Bulletin (21/03/2017)

Rate runes   Political commentators have their stock of regular metaphors, but few win as many column inches as the Ides of March, the date of Julius Caesar’s assassination. Last week the commentators could take extra delight in the Dutch election, starting shot of a widely-feared series

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